As the old saying goes, it only takes one score to win.
As for Lakeshore forward Emma Claire Furman, she’ll take two.
Unfortunately for the Titans, Ben Franklin also has two — namely sisters Cadie and Noelle Higginson.
Furman, the Titans senior captain, scored in the first minute of Wednesday’s game against district rival Ben Franklin. In the opening seconds after halftime, she scored again.
The quick strikes gave Lakeshore a great deal of momentum. But later in the second half, the Higginson sisters scored for the Falcons. The Division II, District 6 rematch ended in a 2-2 tie, which was enough for Ben Franklin to clinch a district title at Lakeshore.
The game was a rematch of a match played Jan. 18. The Falcons won that game 4-1.
Ben Franklin (15-1-1, 6-0-1) is the defending state champion in Division II and is second in the most recent unofficial LHSAA power rankings. Lakeshore, a semifinal team last season, is fourth in the same rankings.
“It’s a bit disappointing that we couldn’t have those goals hold up and win,” Furman said. “But we could meet again in the playoffs.”
Lakeshore (11-6-5, 6-1-1) proved it was ready from the start against Ben Franklin. With only seconds removed from the opening whistle, Furman bumped a ball past the Falcons defense and outran two defenders to the goal. Her shot to the lower left corner skipped into net and in a flash, the Titans were up 1-0.
The score seemed to spark the Falcons, who uncorked eight shots through halftime, but none found their mark. In the 36th minute, it looked as if Franklin’s Kirsten Brown would score from nearly point blank range, but a group of Lakeshore defenders clogged the box and kept the Titans ahead by one.
After Furman’s goal in the 41st minute, Noelle Higginson got the score to within 2-1 with a header in the 47th minute. Ten minutes later, Cadie Higginson drove the center of the field and laced a shot into net to even it at 2.
“We were confident we could get back in it,” Cadie said. “We just had to stay focused.”
Lakeshore coach Wes Leake said his team had nothing to be upset about, though, it lost a chance at district honors.
“We expected to be in a bit of a defensive struggle,” Leake said. “I’m proud of the way the girls played.”
So was Ben Franklin coach Jose Ferrand, who heaped praise on both teams.
“It was great for us to experience that (going down by two early goals),” Ferrand said. “We haven’t really experienced that since the Mount Carmel game (earlier this season). Lakeshore played really well. They kept the numbers behind Cadie and made it difficult for us.”